MS Roald Amudsen joins the Hurtigruten fleet in Antartica

BY Tiya Chatterji 12.Nov.2019

The world’s first hybrid electric-powered expedition ship MS Roald Amudsen is the latest member to join the Hurtigruten; world leader in exploration travel fleet. It is named after the man to cross Antartica and reach the South Pole. The Christening of the ship was done in Chiriguano Bay on Barbant Island, Antartica by polar pioneer and godmother Karin Strand in.

MS Roald Amundsen made maritime history by being the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power, as she left Kleven Yard for her maiden voyage off the coast of Norway in late June. The traditional yet unconventional ceremony was held while honoring the legacy of polar hero Roald Amundsen. The namesake was concluded by smashing of ice on the bow of the ship in celebration of the occasion. “We can think of no better place to name the truly unique MS Roald Amundsen than the waters of Antarctica, where no ship has ever been christened before,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

The mammoth ship uses large battery packs to support her low-emission engines, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent. She made history this summer as the first cruise ship to sail on battery power, and became the first hybrid electric-powered ship to traverse the Northwest Passage. After completing the 2019-20 Antarctica season, she will spend the 2020 summer season in Alaska. A second hybrid electric-powered expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, will join the fleet in 2020.